Samsung Alex Chrome OS Netbook Appears Online

Samsung seems set to launch a new netbook based on Google's Chrome operating system according to a post that appeared on Google Groups. The netbook, codenamed Alex, uses the same hardware blueprint as the CR48, the original Google Chrome OS laptop.

The presence of the line "factor_test_tools" seems to indicate that that this is a pre-production model used to iron out potential compatibility issues before a full rollout.

The rest of the configuration appears to be fairly standard; there's an Intel Atom N550 processor clocked at 1.5GHz; which was launched last August and is not one of the latest Oak Trail models. The N550 also powers the Dell Inspiron Duo Tablet Hybrid.

Alex also has 2GB RAM, a Sandisk P4 SSD with a capacity range from 8GB to 128GB. It uses a large non-volatile write cache technology, called nCache, that boosts burst random write performance by up to six times.

Also in the spec list is a webcam, a touchpad, a Qualcomm Gobi 2000 CDMA/3G integrated modem, a screen with a 1280x800 resolution, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a VGA port.

We suspect that it will be rather similar to the Samsung NF210, although the latter has 1GB RAM and 250GB hard disk drive but comes with a higher resolution screen.